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iBook G4 has bad airport card. How do I disable airport

I get a kernel panic when iBook boots up. I think it's a bad Airport Card. How can I disable airport in safe mode?

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Open your system preferences, go to Network and turn it off.

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Thanks Mayer, but I get the kernel panic on boot up, so the only way for me to access the iBook is in safe mode. Airport is disabled there and grayed out in Network pref's. I know there must be a terminal command to disable it. I'm thinking I can just disable the airport card and buy an wireless USB adaptor...

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The Terminal command would be: sudo ifconfig en1 inet down

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Out of curiosity, reboot the iBook while holding down SHIFT to get into safe mode.

Does it still kernel panic?

Restart OS X normally. Does it still kernel panic?

If so, have you considered physically removing the Airport card?

iBook G4 12" 1.33 GHz AirPort/Bluetooth Board Replacement

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